Last week, Lincoln High School boys’ basketball coach Matt Jackson said his team wanted “to be greater than the AAA.”
On Wednesday night, the Academic Athletic Association-San Francisco Section champions were just that.
Tenth-seeded Lincoln pulled off a huge upset in the first round of the CIF Northern California Division I playoffs, beating perennial power De La Salle High School (Concord) 53-47 at Kezar Pavilion.
While seventh-seeded De La Salle (21-9) isn’t as invincible in basketball as it is in football, the Spartans have won two state basketball titles, advanced to the state title game as recently as 2011 and are always a tough out in the playoffs.
But Lincoln (25-8) found a way to pull off arguably the biggest win in recent years by a San Francisco Section team.
The road doesn’t get an easier for the Mustangs, however, as second-seeded Jesuit (Carmichael) awaits in the second round Saturday. Jesuit (28-3) is ranked 19th in the state by MaxPreps.com.
ST. IGNATIUS 69, Washington 60
Trevor Dunbar and Julian Marcu each scored 17 points as No. 8 St. Ignatius (23-6) toppled No. 9 Washington (Fremont) to advance to the second round of the NorCal Division II bracket. The Wildcats face top-seeded Folsom on Saturday.
UNIVERSITY 58, WOODSIDE PRIORY 55
Mattie Mrlik scored 20 points and the No. 8 Red Devils (25-7) were able to rally late for the victory in Division V action. University now faces top-seeded Central Catholic on Saturday.
In boys’ Division IV, No. 14 Marshall (17-13) was routed 67-29 by No. 3 Half Moon Bay (25-5) … No. 6 Stuart Hall (24-7) kept its season alive in boys’ Division V action with a 55-45 victory over No. 11 Mount Shasta (24-4). … AAA champion and 10th-seeded Lowell (22-6) ran out of steam in a 50-43 loss to Monte Vista (Danville) in a first-round Division I girls’ game. … In girls’ Division I, AAA runner-up and 14th-seeded Galileo (18-9) couldn’t keep up with No. 3 Wilcox (Santa Clara) in a 57-41 loss. … No. 3 International (19-10) cruised into the next round of the girls’ Division V playoffs with a 72-53 victory against Weed.CIFDe La Salle High SchoolLincoln High SchoolPrep Sports